Elizabeth Knight is a researcher and professional career development practitioner interested in how tertiary education engages in the labour market, taking a sociological perspective. Her work concerns equity of access to, in and from post-school education, employability and the implications in for career education in schooling.

Much of my research is connected with my work in tertiary institutions for the last twenty years as a career counsellor, disability support worker and academic registry professional staff member. I have particular focus on the provision of institutional information and support for transition into post-compulsory education.

I have written extensively on employability, access to career information (including digital engagement), support for non-traditional students in VET and higher education and the importance of place in educational transitions. My first roles were in recruitment and I have worked in hospitality recruitment, teacher recruitment, labour hire for temporary roles and in head hunters for senior and management roles. 

My current projects include work on wellbeing and career engagement, the role of parental support in career transitions, Universal Design for Learning and the purposes of education. 

  • EG5300: Engineering Practice (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • MA5891: Professional Placement/Internship 1 (Level 5; CNS)
  • MA5892: Professional Placement/Internship 2 (Level 5; CNS)
  • SC5009: Postgraduate Internship (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • SC5200: Career Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • Research and policy engagement
  • career guidance career information vocational education higher education equity and access to post-compulsory education
  • Employability, career planning, career development, practitioner research
  • 2023 to present - Senior Research Fellow, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University (Melbourne)
  • 2023 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Remote)
  • 2020 to 2022 - Research Fellow, Victoria University (Melbourne)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Research Fellow, Monash University (Melbourne)
  • 2016 to 2020 - Career and Strategy Manager, Education Services Australia (myfuture.edu.au) (Melbourne)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Research Assistant, Monash University (Melbourne)
  • 2014 - Research Assistant, Charles Sturt University (Bathurst (Remote))
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - University of Derby, UK - International Centre for Guidance Studies: iCeGS Associate
  • 2022 - Associate Editor and Secretary, Editorial Board, Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education Journal https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tpsp20/current
  • 2022 - Reviews Editor, International Journal for Lifelong Education https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tled20/current
  • 2021 - Convenor, Professional and Higher Education Special Interest Group, Australian Association for Research in Education
  • 2019 - Research Advisor, Career Industry Council of Australia
  • 2019 - Executive Member, Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association

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